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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Release Narges Mohammadi: Laureates



Six Nobel Laureates have released a statement urging the Iranian government to immediately release woman human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi from detention. The statement appears below.

Narges Mohammadi, Deputy Head and spokesperson for the Defenders of Human Rights Centre and a distinguished woman human rights defender, was arrested at her home in Tehran on 5 May 2015.

In 2012, Narges’s sentence was reduced to six years from an earlier sentence of 11 years because of her human rights activities. After she suffered a severe medical condition in prison, she was granted medical leave on bail.

According to her medical certificate, she has not yet recovered from her illness.


During her medical leave, Narges was repeatedly interrogated and harassed and eventually re-arrested and imprisoned with total disregard for her medical condition.

The Iranian government is a signatory to various international conventions. Based on the UN General Assembly Resolution on human rights defenders and Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders, governments are obliged to refrain from creating obstacles for human rights defenders’ activities. Additionally, the resolution:

stresses that respect and support for the activities of human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders, is essential to the overall enjoyment of human rights, and condemns all human rights violations and abuses committed against persons engaged in promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the conviction and arrest of Nargess Mohammadi and demand her immediate and unconditional release.

Signed,
Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman – Nobel Peace Laureates



source: nobelwomensinitiative.org
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Message from Defenders of Labor's Right Association (Iran) to: 104th Session of the International Labor Conference, 1- 13 June 2015


Message from Defenders of Labor's Right Association (Iran) to: 104th Session of the International Labor Conference, 1- 13 June 2015


With Great Regards to ILO & ITUC


We hereby thank you for inviting us to the 104th Session of the International Labor Conference and unfortunately once more with to inform you of the impossibility to attend this session due to the same reasons as previous years. 
As we informed you on previous sessions held over previous years, labor activists and independent representatives of labor organizations are regretfully still either under prosecution or spending long terms of imprisonment.
We Are Hungry .....

In addition to those already imprisoned, on the threshold of this year’s labor day, labor Baker union activists Mahmoud Salehi and members of Urban public bus drivers syndicate: Ebrahim Madadi and Davod Razavi along with Osman Esmaieeli, another labor activist, were arrested and held in detention following judicial cases against them. In addition to the abovementioned activists, Pedram Nasrolahi, Koorosh Bakhshandeh and Fardin Miraki were also arrested with judicial cases against them. Labors from Bakers Union: Yadi Samadi and Esmaieel Shabani both have been sentenced to 5 months imprisonment and 30 lashes for defending their labor interests and claims.
Also Jafar Azimzadeh and Jamil Mohamadi have been convicted and sentenced to 6 and 3 years of imprisonment for their labor activities, respectively.
The long list of arrests and conviction of labor activists does not end here. The representative of Saveh Profile Workers have also been arrested. These workers were on strike for 4 months of back wages.
All the above injustices towards labor activists has taken place amid more than 2000 protests of laborers, teachers and nurses who claim long delays of payments or salaries, sudden and intermitten lay offs, discrimination, and other cases of injustice registered over the last year. For instance Ahvaz Urban Railway workers have not received their salary for more than 7 months and these non-payments have become routine in many industrial and financial institutes.
Considering the fact that poverty line in Iran is now $1000, the official imposition of minimum monthly wage of $210 has forced more poverty and hunger on labor families.

While the laborers are suffering from the most difficult life conditions, they are also deprived of the right to their own independent organizations and representatives. As a result, the Iranian laborers have become one of the most oppressed laborers in the world
We expect from our fellow working-class members present at the ILO conference not to allow government-elected labor representatives of Iran to participate in this session and to investigate the condition of Iranian labor, especially labor prisoners by adopting a special paragraph.
We, hereby, also declare our solidarity with all the labor struggles around the world in demanding their rights and justice. We also declare that we should be united and act in solidarity as one class against the capitalist violators of our rights. 
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=67284

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Ministry of Information Calling Iranian Writers One By One For Interrogations !

According to news in recent months the ministry of information has increased its activities against the Association of Iranian Writers and its members by calling the members for interrogations.

The Association of Iranian Writers in a communique reported that; Mr. Keyvan Bajen a member of the association was called by ministry of information for interrogation.
The communique reported that, the ministry of information called Mr. Bajen by phone on Monday and asked him to attend in one of their offices.
Another  writer who was called by the ministry of information in last month is Bektash Abtin who was four days under interrogation.
One of other writer who also was interrogation this month is Reza Khandan Mahabadi who spent three days interrogation by ministry agents .

The Association or Iranian Writers strongly condemned these activities of the Ministry of Information and called it a kind of increasing pressure against freedom of expressions and violation of human rights.

Link:
http://www.radiozamaneh.com/220800
  

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After 6 Years They Are Still Under House Arrest !

Mir Hossein Musavi and his wife  Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karoubi after six years since the 2009 presidential coup , are still under house arrest !

Mir Hossein Musavi and Karoubi were the 2009 Iranian presidential candidate and the leaders of Green movement supported by reformists .

When Hassan Rohani was the candidate for presidential election two years ago, one of his slogan and promise was to remove the house arrest of these presidential candidates. Up until now nothing has changed and according to Fatemeh Karoubi ( wife of Mehdi Karoubi ) the situation of house arrest compare with  time of Ahmadinejad ( the coup elected president) did not change.

Ministry of information of Hasan Rohani is continuing supervising the house arrest .

Recently Both Mehdi karoubi and Zahra Rahnavard needed eye operation which was done under ministry of information supervision.


Link:
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2015/05/197671.php




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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Report by "Seda Va Sima " - The First Court Hearing of Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaeian in Tehran ......The Regime Has Charged Him with Propagating against the Regime and Espionage for US ...

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On The Anniversary of " Dovome Khordad " ( The Event That Brought Reformist Government Of Khatami to Power) , Student In Tehran University Again Chanted " Ya Hosein , Mir Hosein " !


Yesterday was the anniversary of " Dovome Khordad " ( The Event That Brought Reformist Government Of Khatami to Power) , on this occasion students together with well know recently released from prison journalists including Keyvan Samimi and Isa Saharkheiz gathered at Tehran University to celebrate the event. In this event several well known reformists personalities and journalist including Hamid Reza Jalaeipour , Abbas Abdi , Saeed Hajarian and Kambiz Norouzi spoke about media freedom and socio-political situation.


Student in this event chanted about the three leaders of the green movement who are under house arrest for six years now. They displayed the pictures of reformist and green movement leaders and chanted against Ahmadinejad.

Link :
http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/2015/05/197566.php

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Islamic Regime Releases Few And At The Same Time Arrests Few ....This Game Continues .......


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ebrahim Madadi and Dawood Razavi Two Members of Tehran Bus Drivers Union Are Released From Prison.......


Today After 22 days imprisonment Dawood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi two members of Tehran Bus Drivers Union are released from prison with a bail of 100 million Tuman ..

The Union still demanding for the release of other illegally imprisoned workers.

Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=67130



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In Recent Two Months 18 Iranian Who Have Newly Become Christians Were Sentenced to Prison !


In speaking to Radio Farda an official of the " Article 18 Committee "   which is about the Councils of Iranian Churches reported on the prison sentences for 18 newly converted Iranian Christians.
Father Pirouz Farbod Said ; despite of promises by president Rohani still Farsi speaking churches are being closed and illegal arrest against active christian are being implemented .

According to a report by " Article 18 committee " at present there are more than 93 Iranian christian in prison because of their faith and churches activities .

The "Article 18 committee " said ,the latest incident was of the sentencing of one year imprisonment and two years ban from exiting the country for 13 new christian from the city of Isfahan.


Link:
http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php/news1/55441/


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Islamic Regime Is Going to Send Ahmad Zaidabadi The Political prisoner After Six Years Imprisonment To Internal Exile !



According to Saham News , Ms. Mahdieh Mohammadi wife of Ahmad Zaidabadi in her Facebook wrote that, her husband will go to internal exile direct from prison . The Imprisoned Journalist Ahmad Zaidabadi  have finished his six years prison sentence but face yet another harsh sentence and that is to go into the internal exile in the city of Gonabad.
Ms. Mahdieh Mohammadi in her Facebook wrote: " I feel that we are so much oppressed " .
Ahmad Zaidabadi a reformist journalist was arrested by security forces together with hundreds of other activists and journalists after presidential election coup in 2009 and spent 141 days in solitary confinement in cell number 240 of Evin prison . He was later sentenced to six years imprisonment and five years internal exile to the city of Gonabad and is banned from social and political activities in all his life time.
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=67114

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Narge Mohammadi Vice President Of Human Rights Defenders Organization in Iran Is In Prison And Her Health Condition Worsening !



According to Taghi Rahmani Ms. Narges Mohammadi's husband , the last time the kids have visited their mother she told them that; she is not allowed by prison officials to take her medications. Although she brought her medication to prison with her after arrest , but the medication were taken away from her by prison officials and she has threatened that; she would go on hunger strike if her medication is not given back to her.
Ms. Narges Mohammadi is the vice president of the Human Rights Defenders Organization in Iran .
Because of not taking her medication ,her health condition is worsening.

Link:
http://www.balatarin.com/topic/2015/5/18/1015883



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The Court Date For Jason Rezaeian The Washington Post Journalist And Two Other Will Begin On May 25th !


According to Tasnim News Agency The court of  Jason Rezaeian's and two others will  begin in branch number 15 under judge Salavati . Mr. Rezaeian's lawyer; Leyla Ahsan said, the reading of the case file material's has finished and just waiting a date from the court .
Prosecutor has charged Mr. Rezaeian  with espionage .

Link:
http://www.tasnimnews.com/Home/Single/744681

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